Business Law Colleges with Degree Program Info

Degrees in business law may be difficult to find, but students can find individual courses that address this field of study. Schools that offer such degrees do so through dual-degree programs that award an Master of Business Administration and a Juris Doctor degree.

How to Select a Business Law School

If graduates want to use their business law education to practice law, they must pass a state bar exam, which is offered twice yearly in most U.S. states. Many colleges offer bar exam preparation courses. For students interested in using their business law degree for corporate, entrepreneurial or general business administration interests, a bar exam isn't necessary.

Considerations when searching for a program in this field of study:

  • Search for a school that offers bar exam preparation courses.
  • Look for a program that offers the most efficient dual-degree program.

Degree Program Information

The most common way to get a degree in business law is through a dual-degree program. Some schools allow students to take fewer credits for a dual program than they would if they were to take each program separately. For a degree in business law, this often means that a certain number of credits taken from the law program will apply towards a Master of Business Administration (MBA), and some credits from the business school will apply towards a Juris Doctor (JD) degree.

Business law students study basic business information such as operations management, financial management and cost analysis. They also study civil law, constitutional law and criminal law, briefly, but focus mainly on the legal aspects of running a business, corporate responsibility and aspects of the civil court procedure.

Top 10 Law Schools

College/University Institution Type
Yale University 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Harvard University 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Stanford University 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Columbia University 4-year, Private not-for-profit
University of Chicago 4-year, Private not-for-profit
New York University 4-year, Private not-for-profit
University of Pennsylvania 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Duke University 4-year, Private not-for-profit
University of California - Berkeley 4-year, Public
University of Virginia 4-year, Public
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor 4-year, Public
Northwestern University 4-year, Public
Cornell University 4-year, Private not-for-profit

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